Archive for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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State prison population falls
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 3:51 p.m.) Kansas criminal justice officials today said the state prison system population is actually decreasing for the first time in years.
Alumnus gives $10 million to KU economics department
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:25 p.m.) The department of economics at Kansas University will receive a major boost from a donor who already has given more than $11 million to KU.
Economic chairs seek ways to move university research to marketplace
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:37 a.m.) TOPEKA — The leaders of two new economic development efforts said today that moving ideas and research at Kansas universities into the marketplace would be one of their main goals.
Man injured in rural traffic accident
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 12:24 p.m.) Icy county roads led to several traffic accidents this morning in rural Douglas County — including one where a man was seriously injured about three miles south of Eudora.
Warmer weather to continue
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:34 a.m.) It’s not quite picnic weather. But you can probably put away your arctic gear for the next few days — temperatures are expected to climb into the high 40s today and even into the 50s by Friday , says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Energy popularity
New natural gas production in Kansas is great, but wind energy shouldn’t be forgotten
January 19, 2005
It’s a good thing that tapping into the state’s natural gas deposits apparently doesn’t endanger any scenic vistas.
Healthy tax
January 19, 2005
Why worry
January 19, 2005
An ethical duty
January 19, 2005
Open hearts
January 19, 2005
More badges?
January 19, 2005
Yahoo profits surge in fourth quarter
Strong online advertising helps boost Internet giant’s earnings, stock
January 19, 2005
Internet giant Yahoo Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled and easily beat Wall Street expectations, reflecting a worldwide boom in online advertising and capping a year of solid financial results.
Commodities
January 19, 2005
KU ethicist weighs in on elderly mothers
January 19, 2005
News that a 66-year-old Romanian woman gave birth this week to a daughter raised ethical alarms in the medical community, but Mary Faith Marshall says the concerns may be misplaced.
Steamboat museum seeks new home
January 19, 2005
The owners of the Arabia Steamboat Museum are considering moving the popular attraction from the city’s River Market area.
Governor’s plan to cut foster care criticized
Advocates question how to serve youths displaced from system
January 19, 2005
Child advocates Tuesday criticized a proposal to remove more than 750 youngsters from foster care.
Deferrals state owes federal government may exceed $80 million
January 19, 2005
State officials Tuesday warned that the federal government could reduce health care funds for low-income Kansans by more than $80 million in future appropriations.
Campaign finance reform plan introduced
January 19, 2005
After an election cycle filled with complaints about shadowy groups trying to influence voters, a campaign finance reform package was introduced Tuesday.
50 Foot Wave copes with bad timing
January 19, 2005
Rock singer Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave.
Capitol briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 19, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Arts notes
January 19, 2005
¢ Lawrence writer to discuss stories ¢ Civil War author to sign books
Java 101
January 19, 2005
When it’s freezing outside — as it has been lately — few things are as soothing as sitting down to a hot cup of coffee. Less soothing, though, is trying to decode the swirl of coffee lingo out there, used to describe the seemingly endless variety of coffee drinks that are available, as well as the many different types of beans, roasts and preparation methods. For those who have trouble telling a cafe au lait from a cafe latte, we offer a “primer” covering the basics of the beloved bean — and all the derivatives thereof.
Spicing, density enhance dessert
January 19, 2005
I live in a drafty house, so during the winter, when the temperatures dip into the teens and single digits as they have lately, I look for reasons to use the oven. Not only can the oven serve as an incidental source of heat, but it also can fill the house with spicy aromas that make us forget the bitter cold and be glad to be shut up indoors.
Few flu cases reported so far in county
January 19, 2005
It’s flu season, but so far the bug’s bite in Lawrence has been limited.
City briefs
January 19, 2005
¢ Bond analyst looks at Lawrence issues ¢ Local coalition plans own inauguration ¢ Senate president to chat online
Krispy Kreme shares rise on CEO’s ouster
Company replaces chief amid federal investigation
January 19, 2005
Chief executive officer Scott Livengood was ousted Tuesday as head of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., the once-trendy chain whose stock price has plummeted amid a federal securities investigation and allegations of padded sales figures.
Upbeat earnings bolster stocks
January 19, 2005
Confident investors, buoyed by positive earnings reports from the financial sector and bullish corporate outlooks for 2005, returned to the market Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing stocks sharply higher.
Colorado clips MU
January 19, 2005
Jackie McFarland scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Tuesday, leading Colorado past Missouri, 56-51, in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball.
Vermeil won’t replace any defensive assistants
January 19, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs might have new faces on defense next year — but only on the field.
Clemens makes pitch for $22 million
Astros hurler files for arbitration, remains vague on plans
January 19, 2005
Roger Clemens filed for a record $22 million in salary arbitration on Tuesday, and the Houston Astros offered the seven-time Cy Young Award winner $13.5 million.
On the record
January 19, 2005
Harvey services
January 19, 2005
Protesters lose bid for parade access
January 19, 2005
A federal judge ruled Tuesday against a group of protesters who claimed they were being unfairly excluded from major portions of President Bush’s inaugural parade route.
Lois Louise Neis, Eudora
January 19, 2005
Terrorism warnings abound
January 19, 2005
Probably more vigilance and money are being devoted to protecting Thursday’s inauguration of President Bush from terrorists than have been dedicated to any public event on U.S. soil in history.
Vicki Jo McNitt Reeves, Lawrence
January 19, 2005
Myrtle Ellen Dickerman, Lawrence
January 19, 2005
Iraq to seal borders during election
Attacks on Shiite political posts leave 6 dead
January 19, 2005
A suicide bomber struck the Baghdad headquarters of Iraq’s biggest Shiite political party Tuesday, killing three people, as the government announced plans to close borders and restrict movements to bolster security in the national election. Three candidates were slain as insurgents intensified their campaign to subvert the ballot.
Marcia Lea Puderbaugh, Meriden
January 19, 2005
Local briefs
January 19, 2005
¢ Legislators to speak at breakfast session ¢ KU kick returner enters guilty plea ¢ Task force asks for more time to plan
Senate president to chat online
January 19, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 5:26 a.m.) Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, will take part in an online chat Thursday on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Pa. school introduces ‘intelligent design’
January 19, 2005
High school students heard about “intelligent design” for the first time Tuesday in a school district that attracted national attention by requiring students to be made aware of it as an alternative to the theory of evolution.
Court sidesteps Guantanamo Bay case
Terror suspects’ detention still up in air
January 19, 2005
The Supreme Court prolonged the legal limbo of hundreds of terror suspects in a U.S. military prison in Cuba, refusing on Tuesday to consider whether the government’s plan for military trials unfairly denies them basic legal rights.
Study: Teens rebel against parental notification on contraceptives
January 19, 2005
Laws that would require parents to be notified when teens seek birth control would do little to curb underage sex and could cause a troubling number of girls to engage in unsafe intercourse, a survey of teens in 33 states suggests.
Daily ticker
January 19, 2005
McLouth boys can’t turn corner
Bulldogs nearly earn their first victory, but Maranatha prevails
January 19, 2005
The boys at McLouth High shook their longtime football losing skid this fall.
Woodling: Kansas thankful for break
January 19, 2005
Schedule breaks often don’t occur in college basketball during January and February, so you have to savor them when you can. You don’t have to ask first-year Kansas University women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson if she’s glad the Jayhawks don’t have a midweek game scheduled.
Inconsistent Huskers next for red-hot Jayhawks
January 19, 2005
Beating Kentucky, Iowa State and Colorado during a six-day stretch has rejuvenated Kansas University’s road-weary men’s basketball players.
Nebraska game always special for Bahe
January 19, 2005
For most Kansas University men’s basketball fans, tonight’s game against Nebraska isn’t as exciting compared to playing teams like Missouri or Oklahoma State.
Bulldogs hold on for first-round win
Baldwin secures 52-49 victory over Anderson County
January 19, 2005
Guard Jeremy Wright gave Baldwin High a boost whenever the Bulldogs needed one Tuesday night against Anderson County.
Area roundup: Free throws doom Chieftains
Jeff West hits 17 of 20 attempts from charity stripe in 52-43 win
January 19, 2005
Torrid free-throw shooting lifted Jefferson West in a 52-43 first-round contest Tuesday night at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Lawrence High boys fall to SM Northwest; Free State boys roll
January 19, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys swimming squad lost a close dual with Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday, 102-84.
Seahawks stumble at Elwood tourney
January 19, 2005
Seabury Academy’s girls basketball squad was shut out in the first quarter by Doniphan West in a 48-11 blowout at the Elwood Tournament.
Eagles can’t come through late
Shots won’t fall as Veritas boys lose heartbreaker
January 19, 2005
Tuesday’s boys basketball game between Veritas Christian and Topeka Cornerstone had drama, fast-break points and a last-second shot to win the game for Veritas.
Senate panel endorses bill repealing vehicle sales tax law
January 19, 2005
A Senate panel Tuesday endorsed a bill to repeal a law that had some Kansas residents complaining about the taxes they paid when buying a used vehicle.
Oklahoma too tough for Texas A&M
January 19, 2005
Drew Lavender scored a season-high 23 points, and Oklahoma snapped Texas A&M’s 11-game home winning streak with a 70-54 victory Tuesday night.
GOP health plan proposes to lower prescription costs
Governor says it works with her plan to expand Medicaid
January 19, 2005
A no-new-taxes health care plan offered Tuesday by Senate Republicans was quickly co-opted by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who said the GOP’s alternative to her much more expensive proposal “fits in very well” with her ideas.
Rice won’t confirm American exit strategy for Iraq
January 19, 2005
Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice gave no ground in Senate confirmation questioning Tuesday, insisting the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and its aftermath and refusing to give a timetable for U.S. troops to come home.
Democratic governors seen as the new life of the party
January 19, 2005
The road out of the political wilderness, if there is one for Democrats, could wind through Kansas and 11 other Republican-leaning states run by Democratic governors.
Florida State stuns Wake Forest in OT
Demon Deacons’ free-throw streak ends at crucial time
January 19, 2005
What a time to miss. After making an NCAA-record 50 consecutive free throws, Wake Forest’s top free-throw shooter missed — with the game tied at 76 and four seconds left.
Kansan connects with youth through role in ‘Anchorman’
January 19, 2005
Bill Kurtis never expected to become a youth icon. But Kurtis, a 1962 Kansas University graduate and host of A&E television’s “Investigative Reports,” says that’s exactly what has happened ever since he narrated the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
House plans hearings on civil unions
Gay-marriage ban may not make April ballot
January 19, 2005
The gay-marriage ban that shot out of the Senate last week will remain chambered for a while in the House, which throws into question whether the measure will be on the April 5 ballot.
Briefcase
January 19, 2005
¢ Airbus boosts stakes in battle with Boeing ¢ Ice storm repairs cost Westar $38 million ¢ United, pilots reach agreement on contract ¢ Ex-WorldCom boss can question witness
Horoscopes
January 19, 2005
Clip from “Anchorman” — Interview by Bill Kurtis
January 19, 2005
6Sports video: Free State girls snap losing streak
January 19, 2005
Kelsey Harrison’s first game at small forward was the best game of her short varsity basketball career. Harrison came off the bench Tuesday night at Free State and helped the Firebirds snap a five-game losing streak with a 62-29 victory over Kansas City Wyandotte.
6Sports video: Cardinals fall to Immaculata
January 19, 2005
Eudora faced Class 2A’s No. 1 team, Immaculata, in the first round of the Tonganoxie Invitational, and even some good shooting by Mike Abel and Joe Kaup couldn’t move the Cardinals to the winner’s bracket.
Clip from “Anchorman” — Introduction by Bill Kurtis
January 19, 2005
Clip from “Anchorman” — Jackelope interview
January 19, 2005
Clip from “Anchorman” — Tender or rough?
January 19, 2005
6Sports video: Lady Chieftains bury Atchison
January 19, 2005
Tonganoxie advanced easily to the semi-final round of its invitational with a 61-19 win over the Lady Reds.
6Sports video: THS boys fall to Tigers
January 19, 2005
Tonganoxie put up a good fight against Jefferson West at its home invitational but couldn’t put the Tigers away.
Briefly
January 19, 2005
¢ Seat belts, air bags’ safety record touted ¢ Construction worker plans to change jobs ¢ CDC corrects error on obesity risks
Briefly
January 19, 2005
¢ Journalist death toll highest in years ¢ Supreme Court won’t block inauguration ¢ Pakistan accused of breaking cease-fire ¢ Summons dismissed on Nobel winner ¢ Hitler relative gassed with mentally ill people ¢ Report: Israeli banks hold Holocaust assets
Briefly
January 19, 2005
¢ Sex abuse trial for priest begins ¢ Standoff defused near White House ¢ Barges stuck at dam restrict river traffic
Brownback, Moore tour Haskell science labs
January 19, 2005
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore and Sen. Sam Brownback spent about an hour Tuesday touring science labs at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Commissioners approve stop signs near school
January 19, 2005
Motorists who drive in the East Lawrence neighborhood surrounding New York Elementary School should soon expect to begin using their brakes more.
Lack of political future frees vice president
January 19, 2005
Dick Cheney is the reason American politics is about to get more and more interesting.
Jubilee Cafe’s leader scrambles to reorganize breakfast program
January 19, 2005
The future of a well-known breakfast program for the homeless and poor is in limbo after the director’s position was eliminated by the Episcopal Church.
Devil’s daughter is a hot teenager on Fox’s ‘Point Pleasant’
January 19, 2005
What do you get when you combine “The Omen” with “The O.C.”? A beach blanket blasphemy called “Point Pleasant” (8 p.m., Fox).
School boundary changes proposed
Moves would relieve crowding at Deerfield, Hillcrest
January 19, 2005
Moving 97 students out of Deerfield School and 44 out of Hillcrest School to relieve crowding is what the boundary committee will recommend to the Lawrence school board.
United Way campaign tops goal, sets record with $1.55 million
January 19, 2005
United Way of Douglas County raised a record $1.55 million during its 2004 campaign, a 6 percent increase over the previous year, officials announced Tuesday.
KU cool on push for privatization
Virginia ‘revolution’ no cure for school budget, officials say
January 19, 2005
Higher education officials in Virginia have had enough. They’ve seen their support from the state erode in recent years while oversight and administrative restraints have remained in place. So they’re asking the Legislature to cut back even more on state spending — in exchange for fewer restrictions.
Law school dean to resign
McAllister to stay on KU faculty
January 19, 2005
One of the highest-profile deans at Kansas University will step down later this year. Steve McAllister, dean of the School of Law since July 2000, announced Tuesday he planned to resign Aug. 15 and return to teaching.
Susan JoAnne Williams, Perry
January 19, 2005
Firebirds pounce early
Super sub Harrison lifts FSHS
January 19, 2005
Kelsey Harrison’s first game at small forward was the best game of her short varsity basketball career.
People
January 19, 2005
¢ Trump’s fiancee unveils Dior wedding gown ¢ Hatch can’t outwit IRS ¢ Elvis again king in Britain ¢ Cojocaru gets new kidney ¢ Takes after her mother ¢ CBS weighs anchor choices
A story of trial, triumph
January 19, 2005
Every year the Kansas University law school admits about 170 first-year students. They’re a pretty diverse group from a variety of backgrounds and places. But they all have at least one thing in common. When they first enter the building you can see it in their eyes: hope and determination to succeed.
Good cop, bad cop
Assault on Precinct 13’ offers glossier, more violent remake of cult thriller
January 19, 2005
Before John Carpenter became a cinematic brand name thanks to his 1978 horror classic “Halloween,” he made a sparse thriller called “Assault on Precinct 13.” Modestly budgeted at $100,000 and featuring no movie stars, the 1976 gem gained a cult following due to its intense, unrelenting premise.
New guidelines to focus on intake of nutrients
January 19, 2005
The guidelines lay the groundwork and the United States Department of Agriculture’s new food guidance system, which will replace the 12-year-old Food Guide Pyramid, will be announced at a later date.
Branson: Case backlog near 1,000
January 19, 2005
Newly elected Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said Tuesday that he was buried in nearly 1,000 “abandoned and ignored” police reports left by his predecessor, Christine Kenney.
Expect the unexpected at inaugurals
January 19, 2005
Robert Frost wrote poetry for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Pity he never got to read it.
Magic halt Pistons’ win streak at six
January 19, 2005
Doug Christie is new to Orlando, while Hedo Turkoglu is just new to the Magic’s starting lineup. All this winning is new, too.
Aileen ‘Rickie’ Kirk, Omaha, Neb.
January 19, 2005
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 19, 2005
Two studies find CPR often done incorrectly
KU Hospital, LMH require staff to stay current on technique
January 19, 2005
Every so often, Tanya Vail grabs a CPR dummy and heads to the halls of University of Kansas Hospital to surprise staffers with “mock codes” — drills to ensure that nurses and doctors are practiced in their resuscitation techniques.
Wide receiver from Dallas changes his mind
South Oak Cliff standout Taylor plans to sign with Kansas State, not KU
January 19, 2005
It appears the Val Taylor saga finally is over.
U.N. conference focuses on disaster prevention
January 19, 2005
The warning system worked perfectly. From sensors far offshore, Japanese meteorologists detected a tsunami headed toward the southern island of Ishigaki in March 2002 and quickly warned residents of the possible danger.
Marriage proposal sent to panel; supporters worry
January 19, 2005
House members won’t vote this week on a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, and some supporters worry about the measure’s future.